| May 2006

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May 2006


Melissa Etheridge

The month of May finds Berklee ready to graduate another class of musically gifted synthesists, performers, engineers, business entrepreneurs, and every other sort of aspiring music professional. At Commencement 2006, the college will award honorary doctorate of music degrees to Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Melissa Etheridge, soul music legend Aretha Franklin, saxophonist and educator Andy McGhee, and Grammy Award–winning producer and engineer Elliot Scheiner.

Read more below about other highlights of the month, including the Boston Pops Jazz Fest, featuring Berklee student performers warming up the festival crowd; a Neil Young–inspired trip to Austin, Texas; and the latest release from Berklee's Heavy Rotation Records, a CD that was also recently reviewed in the New York Times.

The Berklee Concert Series

The college's annual live music series returns with performances that will cover the musical gamut. Hear Berklee's best play with some of the world's best.

May 5, 2006 Yellowjackets/Overjoyed

Yellowjackets Jimmy Haslip and Bob Mintzer perform with Berklee's contemporary gospel group Overjoyed, directed by Dennis Montgomery III. Read more...

Tickets are $15 (seniors $11.25). Purchase tickets at the Berklee Performance Center box office or online through Ticketmaster.

For more information, see the Berklee Concert Series home page

May Events

Berklee Kicks Up Its Heels at the Kennedy Center, May 4

Student group Charlie Worsham and the Free State of Tallahatchie, a country and bluegrass collective, heads to Washington, D.C., to perform in an annual showcase. Read more...

Future of Music Therapy, May 17

The Boston Globe brings its IDEAS Boston series to Berklee for a public discussion and Q&A on music therapy with department chair Suzanne Hanser. This event is free and open to the general public. Read more...

Berklee Jazz Café at the Boston Pops Jazz Fest, May 23–27

Student musicians give the city's jazz fans a chance to hear some of tomorrow's top talent in a relaxed lounge-style setting before and after concerts featuring guitarist John Pizzarelli and vocalist Jane Monheit. Student performers include saxophonist Mike Tucker, guitarist Bryan Baker, vocalist/harpist Maeve Gilchrist, and vocalists Laura Brunner, Even Baughman, and Samantha Sidley.

Around the Recital Halls

The final weeks of the semester are always filled with music. Some of the must-see shows include the Berklee Tower of Power Ensemble (May 2),
Chord Scale Madness/Urban Outreach Jazz Orchestra (May 3), The Berklee String Orchestra (May 8), Berklee Reverence Gospel Ensemble (May 9).

Learn more on the Events section of our web site.

Top Stories

  Dorm Sessions Vol. 3

Berklee's Live Rust

Students and alumni travel to Austin's South by Southwest music conference to pay tribute to rock legend Neil Young. Read more...

Dorm Sessions Vol. 3

With as much talent as there is in the Berklee dorms, it only makes sense that student-run Heavy Rotation Records would be compelled to keep putting out the best of the best. Listen to it...

Berkleemusic Wins Again

For the second year in a row, the University Continuing Education Association (UCEA) has awarded Berkleemusic the best online college course award. Read more...

Playing the Changes

Guitarist Mitch Seidman and bassist Paul Del Nero publish two new Berklee Press books that unravel the mysteries of improvising over chord changes. Read more about Playing the Changes: Guitar and Playing the Changes: Bass.

For all the latest news, go to the Berklee News home.

Live at the BPC

School may let out this month but you certainly wouldn't know it from the outstanding line-up at the BPC. One of the most talked-about shows will feature tabla superstar Zakir Hussain (May 18) with some of the finest percussionists from India's classical and folk traditions. Other highlights include Maria Rita (May 7), Jackie Mason (May 20), Puerto Rican Decima, Grupo Mapeye and Friends, (May 28). And next month, the BPC welcomes the return of the Dave Brubeck Quartet (June 24).

The box office hours are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday, at 136 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston.

For a full schedule of events and information on how to buy tickets, go to the Berklee Performance Center web site.


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